Everton Ribeiro’s representative Robson Ferreira has confirmed that he has already opened conversation with Manchester United about the Brazilian’s potential move to Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old playmaker was named Brazil’s Player of the Year after he played a central role in Cruzeiro’s title winning campaign with a league best 11 assists and has since been linked with a move to Europe.
United were one of the first clubs linked with a move for Ribeiro and his representative has now confirmed that talks are already under way.
“Manchester United are interested in Everton Ribeiro,” Ferreira confirmed to Estadao.
“David Moyes has been impressed by him.
“I’ve already talked personally with a representative club for the club in England and people who actively participate in the day to day running of it and I was impressed.”
Ferreira went on to intimate that Ribeiro has simply been on another level in the Brazilian league this year and ‘deserves to be appreciated for it’, although he doesn’t go as far as to say that he is specifically looking for a move away from Cruzeiro.
He also insisted that he has dealt only with United directly so far, not Cruzeiro, and that the decision will ultimately lie at the feet of Ribeiro as to whether he moves.
In the summer, Cruzeiro reportedly rejected a fee in the region of €10 million for Ribeiro so after a fantastic domestic campaign, his price would likely be pushed upward between €15-20 million.
The question is whether United can accommodate another playmaker given that Shinji Kagawa has struggled to get game time but if Ribeiro has the versatility to play as a central midfielder, he could well be one of Moyes’ targets for January as the Brazilian league finishes in December.